................................................Central Alberta Regional Consortium Presents:

.................................................................CARC Technology Conference

“Leaping Forward in a Connected Age: Where is 21st Century Learning Taking Us? How Do We Get There?”




9:00-10:00- PLCs in the 21st Century: Partnerships for Powerful Learning

Learning is now an anytime, anywhere, anyone experience; and, for educators to fully understand the implications of an interconnected, networked world for their students, we must begin to see ourselves as a part of a global community of learners. This means a willingness to share what happens in our classrooms with others beyond our own hallways and to collaborate and reflect with other educators without the constraints of time and space. It also means working to build a culture of openness and trust on a local level that will lead to greater connections and learning for every constituency, from students to parents to teachers themselves. This session will look at the way school teams from around the world are making these shifts and will discuss in detail the results from studying the interactions of one global PLC in particular.

10:00-12:00- Leveraging Collective Intelligence: Collaborative Action Plans

If using technology is so easy, why is implementation so difficult? Preparing students for the 21st Century calls for collective action of all stakeholders and this workshop looks at the steps needed to build momentum and garner buy-in from the entire school community. Participants will discuss ways to plan collectively and strategically for the future, develop a professional development plan for 21st Century skill building, and make sure all students have equitable access to a 21st century education.

12:00- 1:00 Lunch


1:00-3:00 Schooling for the 21st Century: Unleashing Student Passion

A passionate student is a learning student. As the people of the world are becoming increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge are changing in profound ways. Our goal as educators is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools. Come listen as Sheryl stirs a sense of urgency for shifting classroom practice toward more engaging approaches that unleash the passion that lies within each learner.

3:00-4:00 Creation of District Plans


4:00-5:30 Reflection and Connection Time


5:30-6:30 Supper


7:00 - 8:30 Panel Discussion